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The November screening of the GRAMNet/BEMIS Film Series is inspired by the International Day of Tolerance, an occassion that celebrates acceptance and mutual understanding between cultures and peoples. We’re delighted to collaborate with Francesca Scrinzi (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow and British Academy Mid-Career Fellow ‘Gender and the populist radical right in Europe’ (2018-2021)) to present Rocking the Nation, a documentary by Bori Kriza for this occasion, to explore nationalism and radical right-wing youth subculture.
Rocking the Nation
Documentary: Hungary, 2007 | Director: Bori Kriza
Running time: 70 min | Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
A concert tour with the rock band “Romantic Violence” and its fans to get insight into the Hungarian radical right-wing youth subculture. Folk musicians and skinheads, football supporters and college students speak of their radical nationalistic views. The slogans are rocking: freedom, anti-Communism, Trianon, the Jews, 100% Hungarian, to arms! But what happens when words turn to action?
Watch an extract of the film below and tune in for the full film between 11-18 November. Once you ‘rent’ the film, you will have 48 hours to watch it in your own time.
You can access the film for free, typing the promo code ‘GRAMNet‘ at checkout. You will have to create a Vimeo account to complete this process, which is free and quick to set up, you only need a valid email address.
Borbala Kriza is a sociologist, oral history researcher, documentary filmmaker. Since 2011 she has been assisting a European documentation project of the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum collecting Jewish and non-Jewish testimonies about the Holocaust. In 2020 the Hungarian Raoul Wallenberg Association awarded her the Maria Ember prize “for lifetime achievement and for Holocaust research”.
Borbala studied at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, at Central European University (CEU) and at Sciences Po, Paris. Since 2005 she has been visiting lecturer at ELTE and at CEU. Between 2007-2011 she worked as a research fellow at Institute of Sociology, ELTE. In 2008, she was a junior fellow at Collegium Budapest and also a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the US. Her main research interests include Holocaust memory, memory politics, nationalism and far right ideology. Her edited volume “Identities, Ideologies and Representations in Post-Transition Hungary” was published in 2012. (co-editor: Mária Heller). She has contributed to several award winning documentary films including “Once they were neighbors” (2005, director: Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga) on the non-Jewish eyewitnesses of the Holocaust in Hungary. Her documentary film “Rocking the Nation” (2007) on the far right “national rock music” subculture in Hungary has been screened at many international film festivals around Europe and the US.
If you’d like to read more about the film and some of the issues it addresses, here are some recommendations:
Feischmidt, M. & G. Pulay (2016). ‘Rocking the nation’: the popular culture of neo‐nationalism.
This screening is presented by Francesca Scrinzi, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow and British Academy Mid-Career Fellow ‘Gender and the populist radical right in Europe’ (2018-2021).